Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Davy Automatic Fire Escape Co. dating back to the 1910's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Secretary, was printed by Goes and measures approximately 11" (w) by 8 1/4" (h).
The certificate's vignette features an eagle grasping arrows in its talons.
The Davy Automatice Fire Escape Co. was incorporated in New York in 1910 and based in Syracuse.
The company manufactured the Davy Automatic Safety Fire Escape. The device worked as a simple pulley - one person sits in a sling and goes down. When they get off, the person waiting at the top gets on and goes down while the original sling comes back up.
A variation of the device is still manufactured today in the United Kingdom and is known as the Davy Descender.